When the Chargers had the first selection in the 2004 NFL Draft, the consensus number one pick was Eli Manning.á At the time, Manning stated his preference to not play in San Diego. "I had nothing against San Diego or the people of San Diego when I made this decision. ... My decision was not based on where I'd be living. It was about being there and playing football there for possibly six or seven years with a contract, and it just didn't seem like the right fit for me.ö After Manning was announced as the first pick, a chorus of boos descended from the New York crowd.á It was unsure if the crowd was booing because they expected a trade by the Giants or just a displeasure with Manning.á It took 45 minutes before a trade was announced. Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith forced the Giant ...
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